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Wish list.

Here's wishing you the best of holiday seasons from the staff here at Rubber World ... many of whom were relieved to find out that when they heard talk of reduction in size it had nothing to do with staff size. The magazine is now one-quarter inch shorter, a change necessitated by the parameters of the machines that print magazines.

This being the last issue of the year, and being a firm believer in the adage you won't get something unless you ask for it, I'm presenting my wish list for the coming year. I'm leaving open who can respond. It can be Santa, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas or anyone else in this field. If there are any wish facilitators reading this, the standards about health and wealth still apply, but I won't dwell because the page is shorter (a full list can be found on www.gimmewhatiwant.net).

Topping tins year's requests, I'm wishing the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society a lot of luck. They're going to need it for the restructuring they have planned. The Division has been forced to change the makeup of the office staff because those employees were actually employees of the University of Akron. Job descriptions, liability and other legalese have forced this change. The Division is losing an excellent, dedicated staff, most of whom have opted to remain university employees and maintain their pension programs. We interact with a number of professional associations covering the polymer industry and this staff was one of the best to work with. Their professionalism and dedication to their work will be sorely missed.

I'm wishing that members of the Rubber Division will have plenty of patience in dealing with what evolves. The amount of years of experience that can't be replaced will make some of the most routine matters trying times for both staff and members alike.

I wish the Rubber Manufacturers Association well with their program to enlighten the public on correct tire care. Hopefully they'll succeed in getting people to pay attention to their tires, along with the message that they pay more for running shoes.

One of my wishes is that Bridgestone is not involved in any type of cover-up.

I wish that Goodyear would find the way to recoup its sagging stock price. I have numerous friends who would have a much better holiday next year if the price just got to half of what it was.

I wish product manufacturers would get more interested in natural robber R&D.

I wish I had more room for you to see just how long my wish list is.
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Author:Smith, Don R.
Publication:Rubber World
Date:Dec 1, 2000
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